• Germany's news in English

Big boom in bathroom business

The Local · 10 Mar 2013, 11:48

Published: 10 Mar 2013 11:48 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

This is in sharp contrast to years ago, when the bathroom was seen as a purely functional place that was no more than five square meters, which was considered huge, weekly paper the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported.

Today some deluxe bathrooms in Germany can cost €50,000 and on average, Germans spend 40 minutes a day there.

Second bathrooms are becoming so common that soon nearly every second apartment will have one, the paper said. Many owner occupied houses often have a master bathroom behind the main bedroom.

And the trend is toward larger bath tubs and to having the tub take a major position in the room, rather than being next to the wall.

Despite the trend, bathrooms in five million homes are 25 years old or older and are in dire need of being renovated. Some 60 percent of Germans view their bathrooms as not a “relaxing” place.

Story continues below…

The most common complaints are that the bathroom is too small and outdated. The biggest hindrance on staring a renovation is the cost – which can quickly amount to €20,000, not including personal touches like pictures and decorative items.

The Local/mw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

13:40 March 10, 2013 by grazhdanin
I see that despited an alleged crisis, people seem to have plenty of money to spend on bathroom renovation.
16:18 March 10, 2013 by Istabraq
Not in some kietz in Berlin where special permission is necessary before adding a new bathroom.
18:17 March 17, 2013 by Tilak RaJ
It is good to keep our Bathroom net and clean and best quality.
Today's headlines
This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Parents who don't get nursery spot for kid entitled to pay
Photo: DPA

The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ruled on Thursday that parents whose children don't receive placements in nursery care are entitled to compensation.

Eurowings braces as cabin crew union proclaims strike
Photo: DPA

A union representing cabin crew for Lufthansa's budget airline Eurowings announced that strikes could take place at any time over the next two weeks, starting on Monday.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd